Pennsylvania Fishing Report – May 21, 2020

Northwest Region

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Crawford County

Conneaut Lake

Anglers are catching crappies and Largemouth Bass at the north end.

PFBC Conneaut Lake Access Area Temporary Closure

PFBC staff plan to close the Conneaut Lake Access Area in Crawford County from May 26, 2020 to May 29, 2020 to replace the deteriorated road with new pavement.

Area Trout Waters

Trout streams are stocked and should have a lot of fish for the remainder of the season.

Forest County

Tionesta Creek

Fly anglers are catching trout using caddis dry flies and nymphs. Some Blue Wing Olives have been hatching in the morning in about a size 20.

East Hickory Creek DHALO

Anglers have historically done well using Green Drake dry flies around the Memorial Day weekend. Anglers should fish the evening hours to dark to catch the Green Drake hatch.

Tionesta Outflow

During the evening hours a caddis hatch has been observed at the outflow. Trout anglers have been successful using Blue Wing Olives in the morning, caddis during the day. Anglers must possess a current trout and salmon permit to fish in the Outflow, regardless of specifically fishing for trout.

Maple Creek and Spring Creek

The Marienville Rod and Gun Club has recently stocked Maple and Spring Creek. The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission stocked Spring Creek from The Hill Farm to Halton on April 30th.

Ross Run

The Kellettville Sportsman’s Club stocked the Children’s Area on Ross Run. Children age 15 and younger are permitted to fish the Children’s Area.

Beaver Run

Trout are still holding in Beaver Run. Anglers should fish the undercut banks and around submerged logs, with minnows or worms, using a small hook and light line.

Toms Run Children’s Area

The Marienville Rod and Gun Club will be stocking the Children’s Area each week through June. Children age 15 and younger are permitted to fish the Children’s Area as well as individuals who have specific handicaps.

Warren County

PFBC’s Starbrick Access Area Temporary Closure

PFBC staff plan to close the Starbrick Access in Warren County from May 28, 2020 to June 2, 2020 to replace the deteriorated entrance road and parking area with new pavement.

Northcentral Region

Tioga County

Pine Creek

Anglers are currently experiencing great fishing conditions and reporting lots of success fishing for trout. March brown, caddis and blue-winged olives are currently hatching and anglers are having success fishing dry flies. Anglers using spinning tackle are having success using both wax worms and red worms. Please remember, the Keystone Select Stocked Trout Waters section from Marsh Creek downstream to Bear Run falls under the delayed harvest artificial lures only regulation. Under this regulation, no Trout may be in the angler’s possession until June 15th. The daily creel limit is three Trout from June 15th through Labor Day in the Keystone Select section of Pine Creek.

Hills Creek Lake

Anglers are currently reporting an exceptional Crappie bite. With the warmer weather experienced through the past week the fish are finally up shallow and spawning. Anglers are having success using small twister tails and small tubes in chartreuse, orange, white, and pink. Live bait is also working well right now. Many anglers are currently having success using wax worms and minnows. Some anglers are also reporting catching some nice pre-spawn Bass.

A good looking crappie recently caught in Tioga County. (Photo submitted by Don Kelly, Owner Tackle Shack Wellsboro, PA)

Anglers are also reporting some great fishing conditions in many of the Class A waters that can be found throughout the county. Anglers are having success fishing a variety of nymphs to fool these beautiful and aggressive wild fish. With summer fast approaching it is a great time to get out and explore new waters!

Brook trout
A beautiful Class A wild Brook Trout recently caught in Tioga County. (Photo submitted by Don Kelly, Owner Tackle Shack Wellsboro, PA)

Clinton County

Fishing Creek

Currently, the water temperature is in the low 50’s and the creek is flowing slightly above average. Anglers are having success fishing both nymphs and dry flies. Dry flies are proving to be the most successful when the bugs are hatching in good numbers. Nymphing continues to produce the most success. Bead head pheasant tails and yellow mop flies are hot patterns to use right now.

Brown trout
This great looking Brown Trout was recently caught using a bead head pheasant tail in Clinton County. (Photo submitted by angler)

Centre County

Spring Creek

It is time for sulphurs! Look for this well-known hatch to be in full swing this week with great action at dusk. Fish will be eating bugs on the surface when they are in abundant numbers. Nymphing is still producing the most hook-ups. Hot patterns include sulphur duns and nymphs as well as, Walt’s Worm.

Southeastern Region

Bucks County

The weather is warming up and boats are being launched.  Make sure all of you required safety equipment is not only on board, but in good and serviceable condition.  Check your fire extinguishers to make sure they are U.S.C.G. approved and fully charged.  Personal flotation devices (PFDs) or lifejackets need to also be U.S.C.G. approved and in good working condition.

As paddling is becoming more popular in our area, it is important to note there are also mandatory safety equipment requirements for all paddle craft as well.

Although the mandatory cold weather wear period is over, there are still rules and regulations you need to abide by.  It is still recommended to always wear your PFD!

An additional reminder, the entire length of the Neshaminy Creek is a Slow No Wake zone.

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